Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post- Honor World / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $2.99   
  • New (6) from $64.84   
  • Used (6) from $2.99   


In this text, Akbar Ahmed, a Muslim and leading social scientist who has worked in the Muslim world but lives in the West, explains what is going wrong in society by referring to Islamic history and beliefs.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Above all, this is a courageous book. Ahmed uses his knowledge of the Koran and anthropology to confront his co-religionists with uncomfortable truths about women, honour, social cohesion and leadership at a time when Islam is confronting all major world religions"

Times Higher Education Supplement

"In my view there surely cannot be a more relevant book ... one of the most distinguished Muslim scholars today, Professor Akbar Ahmed offers us a clear vision that has the potential to unite us in common action and purpose. It is one of the most hopeful books as well as one of the most challenging I have read in recent years."

Washington Times

"Ahmed paints a frightening picture of a world reverting to a more primitive state. This is an honest attempt to describe the problems Muslims face. without absolving them entirely from blame. Western readers should reciprocate in kind."

Karen Armstrong, Modern Asian Studies

"This new book is written in a language that is understood in the West and is readily accessible...Ahmed explains convincingly the moral collapse of societies in what he calls our "Post-Honor World"..."

Houston Chronicle

"Bold and provocative, its penetrating cultural analysis will challenge Muslims and Westerners, demanding a more sophisticated consideration of what is occurring in the world"

Christian Science Monitor

"Ahmed's book is an immense contribution to understanding a contemporary, dangerous world. No course on contemporary Islam or global studies should be deemed complete without this work. Both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds owe Ahmed a great debt for this piece of honest, hard-hitting scholarship."

Islamic Studies

"It is rare to find a book this is so theoretically sophisticated and yet to readable ... It is a book that one can give to a friend or neighbor who wants to make sense of Islam and the world today as well as assign to graduate students in Islamic Studies and political science ... If there is a better book about our post-9/11 world, this reviewer has not yet seen it. Hopefully, it will receive the widest possible readership."

Middle East Journal

"Islam Under Siege should be required reading for policy makers in Washington, Europe and the Islamic World. It deserves to be translated into all of the major languages of the Middle East and South Asia."

Middle East Policy

"It is a pleasure to read Ahmed's Islam Under Siege. One need not agree with every sentence and every phrase of any author. But if the author has been honest to his profession and made readers think, his contribution is seminal. Ahmed succeeds in doing precisely that."

Seminar (New Delhi)

"This is the most important book to date on life in the post 9/11 world. Islam Under Siege goes beyond assigning guilt, to understanding the world that has produced such hatred and misunderstanding. In this sometimes personal and consistently courageous meditation on the uncertainties of our time, Akbar Ahmed offers hope by focusing on shared notions of honor and human dignity.”

Tamara Sonn, American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies

“Akbar Ahmed is one of the wisest and bravest writers on Islam. This work confirms his reputation as a savant in the field.”

Chris Rojek, Nottingham Trent University

“Akbar Ahmed’s understanding of the relationship between politics and culture sets him apart from other analysts of contemporary Islam.”

Louis W. Goodman, American University

"Islam Under Siege is an honorable quest to capture and analyze the dishonorable conduct of human society in a post honor world. Just like an alarm clock that rings in your head it forces you to wake up from the pretentious slumber we are so used to. In fact this book keeps you awake long after you are done reading it."

Faizan Haq, State University of New York at Buffalo

Publishers Weekly
"The 21st century will be the century of Islam," writes Ahmed, who holds a chair in Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Moreover, the 21st century may be "a time of war between Islam and... other world civilizations." Ahmed resists easy characterizations of Islam, always striving to offer a balanced depiction: Islam is both exclusivist and inclusivist, respectful of women but also mired in some cultural traditions that oppress them. Some portions of the book are dry and theoretical, and the academic jargon makes for slow reading. Other sections are fascinating and engaging--particularly Ahmed's ethnographic explorations of different pockets of Muslim life. He shares his difficult personal experiences as a scholar who spearheaded a controversial film study of Pakistan founder M.A. Jinnah, and concludes: "Looking at the breakdown of society for a Muslim scholar is like staring into the face of despair." In the next section, however, he communicates his optimism after visiting the inclusive, tolerant Muslim community in Toledo, Ohio. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622095
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2003
  • Series: Themes for the 21st Century Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Akbar Ahmed is Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, DC

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Introduction: God’s Gamble.

Chapter 1 Islam under Siege.

i The Return of Anthropology and the Final Crusade.

ii The Sense of Muslim Siege.

Chapter 2 What is Going Wrong?.

i Is it about Islam or is it Globalization?.

ii A Post-Honor World?.

Chapter 3 Ibn Khaldun and Social Cohesion.

i The Khaldunian Breakdown.

ii The Man in the Iron Cage.

Chapter 4 The Failure of Muslim Leadership.

i. Muslim Leaders.

ii. Veiled Truth: Women in Islam.

Chapter 5 Searching for a Muslim Ideal: Inclusion.

i Case Study One: The Scholarship of Inclusion.

ii Inclusivists in America: Islam in Toledo, Ohio.

Chapter 6 Searching for a Muslim Ideal: Exclusion.

i Case Study Two: The Scholarship of Exclusion.

ii Exclusivists in America: The Debate in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chapter 7 Toward a Global Paradigm.

i The Challenge for Islam.

ii Questions for our Time.




Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)